Chocolate Loving Bees


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     We all know that bees drink the nectar from flowers. But, the bees near the RibeauvillĂ© in France's Alsace region, have been sucking up colorful sugar at the Mars chocolate factory plant. 
     To briefly overview, "bees make honey by collecting nectar in a special storage stomach. Upon returning to the hive, the insects complete a tongue-to-tongue transfer of their sweet cargo to hive bees, which process the sugars in their own honey stomachs. The hive bees then deposit the processed mixture in honeycombs, where moisture evaporates out, leaving behind thick, sticky honey" (www.livescience.com).
     But, since the bees are not collecting nectar and are instead sucking up the colorful sugar at the plant, the bees are starting to produce odd colored honey, such as blue and green, due to the dyes from the processed sugar. It was because the plant left their waste M&M's uncovered that the bees had access to it. Agrivalor, the company that runs the plant, said that they will keep the waste M&M's covered in the future.
     The local beekeeper said that the odd mixture still tastes like honey but the texture is different. They will not be putting it up for sale. So much for colored honey.
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Is this colored honey unsafe? Did people try it to see if it tasted like regular honey, or does it just look like it? I feel like it's dangerous for the bees to be sucking sugar from waste M&M's, but could this lead to a new, different type of honey? I'm interested in why nobody would check this out to see if it's dangerous or not! I found online that people did actually taste this colorful honey. I found that, "In an interview with Reuters, André Frieh, head of the local beekeepers’ association, said that the blue and green honey tasted like regular honey but it could not be sold." I wonder why it can't be sold! I looked on a bunch of different websites, but I can't find the answer anywhere! What do you guys think? What's wrong with this colorful honey!?
http://www.businessinsider.com/french-bees-produce-colored-honey-2012-10

My one biggest fear in life as weird as it may sound is bees. I am and will continue to be the first one to run when a bee is nearby.But aside from that, what I found to be really interesting about your post was how the bees were able to produce this colored honey.But that made me think can only a bee from France do this? I looked and found that there are many different types of honey bees and maybe being able to make this type of honey is a new trait? Well it's very interesting how bees differ from country to country and I found a great article on it. Here's the article if you're interested!
http://www.beesource.com/resources/usda/the-different-types-of-honey-bees/

I'm unsure if it is unsafe. The article doesn't clarify if people tasted the colored honey but they did say that it tasted the same, so they must have tried it. And it is dangerous for the bees to be drinking the sugar instead of nectar, hence the oddly colored and textured honey. And in a lot of articles I looked up, they never specify why the honey can't be sold and never says that it is dangerous. But they do say that the chocolate is dangerous for the bees; having the bees addicted to junk food is apparently a serious problem due to the rapid decline in bee population. They say that they need the limited bees to produce good honey and the colored honey just does not qualify as "sellable".

http://www.france24.com/en/20121004-mms-crazed-french-bees-produce-blue-green-honey-ribeauville-alsace-france

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